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Good News for Fielder....Bad for Braun?

Postby imblotto » Tue Mar 11, 2008 12:50 pm

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Re: Good News for Fielder....Bad for Braun?

Postby BillyHallDisciple » Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:09 pm

Yeah, it's always unfortunate when a player gets moved to the clean-up spot. ;-7
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Re: Good News for Fielder....Bad for Braun?

Postby imblotto » Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:18 pm

Just looking for some informative insight to this, not sarcasm.
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Re: Good News for Fielder....Bad for Braun?

Postby BillyHallDisciple » Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:36 pm

imblotto wrote:ust looking for some informative insight to this, not sarcasm.


Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Re: Good News for Fielder....Bad for Braun?

Postby hwiggen » Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:01 pm

I owned Braun last year and his numbers did seem to suffer a bit when he was batting 4th.
It 'seemed' that way but I don't have any stats to back that up. IMO Braun is better with Prince hitting behind him.
Taking Brauns speed into consideration, I don't know why the Brewers want Fielder batting 3rd.
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Re: Good News for Fielder....Bad for Braun?

Postby imblotto » Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:36 am

hwiggen wrote:I owned Braun last year and his numbers did seem to suffer a bit when he was batting 4th.
It 'seemed' that way but I don't have any stats to back that up. IMO Braun is better with Prince hitting behind him.
Taking Brauns speed into consideration, I don't know why the Brewers want Fielder batting 3rd.


I actually believe he'll get more opportunities to steal hitting after Prince. It doesn't make sense to get a guy thrown out with Fielder up.
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Re: Good News for Fielder....Bad for Braun?

Postby boston_massacre » Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:46 am

I doubt it will make a world of difference. On the one hand, he losing the protection of Fielder. On the other hand, he probably won't be faced with too many situations where he'll be pitched around...the rest of that lineup is not full of complete bums. Fielder had protection behind him last year. I wouldn't worry too much.
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Re: Good News for Fielder....Bad for Braun?

Postby Secret Avatar » Thu Mar 13, 2008 3:28 pm

Surprising move by the Brew Crew given that Braun did not hit well in the 4-hole last season. Not a lot of at-bats at cleanup, to be sure, but then he doesn't have a lot of at-bats in any event. I suspect Prince & the Revolution will be hitting cleanup again by May.
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Re: Good News for Fielder....Bad for Braun?

Postby interchange » Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:49 pm

There's not enough sample size to make real conclusions about Braun's lack of performance in the cleanup spot last year.

I wonder if his speed come into play hitting 4th. If no one's on base, I wouldn't want to give up 2 bases to him. Not that he's a given to steal, but it is something to think about in tight situations. Even so, this probably does mean less baserunning for him.
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Re: Good News for Fielder....Bad for Braun?

Postby tmlfan4ever » Thu Mar 13, 2008 9:42 pm

1, 3 and 4 are the most valuable spots in fantasy baseball. Hitting cleanup will cause an obvious bump in RBI opportunities, but could affect his runs (if no one can get him in) and some SB opportunities. As a whole, it should be a wash.
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